Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society is an academic journal focusing on the Illinois State Historical Society

Articles from Vol. 99, No. 2, Summer

2008 Is Just around the Corner
The Illinois constitution requires that no more than twenty years shall go by without the question, "Whether a Constitutional Convention should be called," being submitted to the public.1 Such a referendum took place in 1988.2 That is, the secretary...
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Alliance, Illinois
Alliance, Illinois. By Dave Etter (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2005. Pp.239. Paper, $15.95).Why travel far from home? One justification is that journeys lead us toward the new and the unexpected. In 1941, anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss...
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Along the Calumet River
Along the Calumet River. By Cynthia Ogorek (Charleston, SC, Chicago IL, Portsmouth NH, San Francisco CA: Arcadia Publishing, 2004. Pp. 128. Paper, $19.99).Cynthia Ogorek has compiled a great aid to those interested in the study of the Calumet Region....
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Black Jack Logan: An Extraordinary Life in Peace and War
Black Jack Logan: An Extraordinary Life in Peace and War. By Gary Ecelbarger (Guilford CT: The Lyons Press, 2005. Pp.viii, 391. Illus. Notes, bib., index. Cloth, $22.95).John Alexander Logan's impact on history as a politician and military man is undeniable...
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Chicagoland: City and Suburbs in the Railroad Age
Chicagoland: City and Suburbs in the Railroad Age. By Ann Durkin Keating (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. Pp. X, 262. Illus., notes, index. Paper, $25.00).I am reasonably certain that Chicagoland: City and Suburbs in the Railroad Age will...
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Early Hopewell Mound Explorations: The First Fifty Years in the Illinois River Valley
Early Hopewell Mound Explorations: The First Fifty Years in the Illinois River Valley. Edited by Kenneth B. Farnsworth (Champaign: Studies in Archaeology No. 3. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004. Illus, tables, notes, index. Paper, $60.00).American...
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From Prairie Farmer to Entrepreneur: The Transformation of Midwestern Agriculture
From Prairie Farmer to Entrepreneur: The Transformation of Midwestern Agriculture. By Dennis S. Nordin and Roy V. Scott (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. Pp. 356. Cloth, $65.00).Dennis S. Nordin and Roy V. Scott dedicate From Prairie Farmer...
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Frontier Line of Freedom: African Americans and the Forging of the Underground Railroad in the Ohio Valley
Frontier Line of Freedom: African Americans and the Forging of the Underground Railroad in the Ohio Valley. By Keith P. Griffler (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2004. Pp. Xvi, 169. Illus., notes, bib., index. Cloth, $35.00).Keith P. Griffler...
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Illinois: A History of the Land and Its People
Illinois: A History of the Land and Its People. By Roger Biles (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2005. Pp. X, 341. Maps, notes, illus., bib., index. Cloth, $37.00, Paper $22.00).Roger Biles's new book, Illinois: A History of the Land and Its...
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Labor, Loyalty, and Rebellion: Southwestern Illinois Coal Miners and World War I
Labor, Loyalty, and Rebellion: Southwestern Illinois Coal Miners and World War I. By Carl R. Weinberg (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005. Pp. Xiii, 246. Illus., appendix, notes, index. Cloth $55.00, Paper, $27.00).In the early morning...
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Lucy Parsons, Freedom, Equality and Solidarity: Writings and Speeches, 1878-1937
Lucy Parsons, Freedom, Equality and Solidarity: Writings and Speeches, 1878-1937. Edited and introduced by Gale Ahrens. Afterword by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Chicago: Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company, 2003. Pp. 192. Illus. Paper, $17.00).When Chicago's...
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Personal Reflections on the Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention of 1969-1970
The backdrop of the Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention was the wild but wonderful decade of the 1960s, which featured the Kennedys, the Civil Rights movement, and the dreaded war in Vietnam that never seemed to end. Illinois got the national spotlight...
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Popular Culture and the Enduring Myth of Chicago, 1871-1968
Popular Culture and The Enduring Myth of Chicago, 1871-1968. By Lisa Krissoff Boehm (New York and London: Routledge, 2004. Pp. Xxvi, 236. Illus., notes, bib, index. Cloth, $75.00).This is an interesting book. Part of its appeal is autobiographical. It...
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Radical Nostalgia: Spanish Civil War Commemoration in America
Radical Nostalgia: Spanish Civil War Commemoration in America. By Peter Glazer (Rochester NY: University of Rochester Press, 2005. Pp. xvii, 330. Illus., notes, bib., index. Cloth, $70.00).Let's take a short Illinois history quiz.1. Who can name the...
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The 1970 Illinois Constitution: The Hope for Equal Protection under the Law for Women, Realized in Illinois1
The delegates to the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention were truly wonderful, thoughtful, reasoned persons. Although they had vastly different views on many issues confronting the convention, they managed to show respect for each other. For many...
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The Editor's Page
In 2008, Illinois voters will be asked to decide whether a constitutional convention shall be called to reconsider changes to our state constitution, which was written by the delegates to the 1969-1970 constitutional convention and approved by the voters...
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The John Deere Story: A Biography of Plowmakers John and Charles Deere
The John Deere Story: A Biography of Plowmakers John and Charles Deere. By Neil Dahlstrom and Jeremy Dahlstrom (DeKaIb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2005. Pp. ix, 204. Illustrated. Cloth, $24.00).In contrast to the lengthy and detailed biographies...
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When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes
When the Mississippi Ran Backwards: Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes. By Jay Feldman (New York: Free Press, 2005. Pp. Viii, 305. Illus., maps, notes, bib, index. Cloth, $27.00).Jay Feldman has compiled a fascinating assortment...
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